Matt Lauer Biography

Matt Lauer, the famous name associated with a popular morning TV show in the US, has had an impressive and diverse career in the field of journalism. Despite dropping out of college just before completing his major in Communications, Lauer quickly built up an impressive resume as an on-air reporter, talk-show host, and magazine writer. After a difficult period of unemployment, he made a comeback as the host of the talk show ‘9 Broadcast Plaza’, which led to his association with NBC and a turning point in his career. As the co-anchor for ‘The Today Show’, Lauer has conducted high-profile interviews with notable figures such as former US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. His talent and mass-appeal were further solidified when he signed a contract worth $25 million per year, making him one of the most popular TV personalities in the industry.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Matthew Todd Lauer
  • Age: 65 Years, 65 Year Old Males
  • Spouse/Ex-: Annette Roque (m. 1998), Nancy Alspaugh (m. 1981–1988)
  • Father: Robert Lauer
  • Mother: Marilyn Lauer
  • Children: Jack Matthew Lauer, Romy Lauer, Thijs Lauer
  • Born Country: United States
  • Ancestry: Romanian American
  • Grouping of People: Jewish Journalist
  • U.S. State: New Yorkers
  • Education: Ohio University

Childhood & Early Life

Matt Lauer was born in New York to Jay Robert Lauer and Marilyn Kolmer and spent his childhood in Greenwich, Connecticut. His father was an executive in a bicycle company and his mother owned a boutique. His parents divorced when he was very young.

He enrolled at Ohio University’s School of Telecommunications but dropped out in 1979 and accepted an internship in journalism at WOWK-TV in West Virginia. He started off as a producer of the feature “12 o’clock news” and by the following year, he was assigned as an on-air reporter.


Over the next few years, he traveled extensively on the East Coast, hosting talk shows and working for news magazines. He returned to New York in 1984 to work as a host for WNEW-TV. In 1986, he co-hosted the WNYW-TV show “Made In New York” which was broadcasted for fifteen weeks. He also co-hosted “Fame, Fortune and Romance”. Two years later, he hosted the show “Talk of the Town”.

In 1989, he gained popularity while hosting the live talk show “9 Broadcast Plaza”, which aired for two years. The same year, he hosted the “Esquire Show” on Lifetime. In 1992, he was chosen to co-host “Today in New York” for NBC. The next year, he became co-host of another NBC show, “Live at Five”. During this period, he replaced Margaret Larson on “The Today Show” for a short time and was later made the regular host, a role he plays till today.

In 1997, Lauer started serving as a contributing anchor for the reality legal show “Dateline NBC” and continues to be involved in the show till today. In 1998, a segment called “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” began as part of “The Today Show”. This segment shows Lauer in various locations across the world and as he talks about the importance of each place. As a part of this segment, Lauer has been to numerous locations such as Bhutan, Easter Island, the Panama Canal, Iran, Hong Kong, Croatia, etc.

In 2001, Lauer and co-host Couric reported the New York terrorist attacks of September 11. Even as the reports were appalling and shocking, the pair remained composed through the day. Lauer kept hosting many other shows such as “The Greatest American” for Discovery Channel, “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” for NBC, and “Sesame Beginnings: Exploring Together”, which he co-hosted with his daughter. He co-hosted the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics twice and the Winter Olympics once and also participated in the Olympic Torch Relay and carried the torch in Burnaby, British Columbia. He also filled in for the sixth day of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Major Works

Lauer has been a co-host of the daily morning show “The Today” on NBC since 1997. The show has consistently enjoyed good viewership over the years and continues to do so. Lauer’s importance to the show was highlighted by his new contract with NBC News in 2012 which entitles him to $25 million per year.

Awards & Achievements

In 1999, Lauer, along with the rest of the team of “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”, won a Daytime Emmy in the category “Outstanding Special Class Program”. The entire team of “Today”, including Lauer, won a Daytime Emmy in 2007 for “Excellence in Morning Programming”. In 2008, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

Personal Life & Legacy

Matt Lauer married TV producer Nancy Alspaugh in 1981. The marriage lasted for seven years and ended in divorce. He entered into a relationship with anchor Kristen Gesswein in 1989 and the couple dated for seven years. He married the Dutch model Annette Roque in 1998 and had three children with her. The couple separated briefly and Roque filed for divorce, but eventually resolved their differences.


This famous TV show host dropped out of Ohio University when he needed just four more credits to complete his graduation. However, after he attained fame, the University conferred the degree to him.

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